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Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns

Top House Democrat steps up demand for Trump's tax returns”

Neal's initial deadline for Rettig was April 10.

Additionally, Mnuchin did not say whether the Treasury Department would complete it's legal review of the request by the April 23rd deadline.

The fight over access to Trump's tax returns is expected to be a long legal battle.

The Massachusetts Democrat says a 1920-era law saying the IRS "shall furnish" any tax return requested by Congress "is unambiguous and raises no complicated legal issues" and that the Treasury's objections lack merit.

But in the letter, Mr Neal told IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig: "None of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request".

Mnuchin, who has consulted with the White House and Department of Justice about Trump's tax returns, said earlier this week that Neal's request raised concerns about the scope of the committee's authority, privacy protections for US taxpayers and the legislative objective of lawmakers in seeking the documents. Mnuchin is the Cabinet secretary that oversees the IRS. "There are constitutional issues", Mnuchin said. "I would just emphasize this is a decision that has enormous precedence in terms of potentially weaponizing the IRS".

Sanders said it was one of many options on the table, though she hoped the solution would be for Congress to work with the president on comprehensive immigration reform. But he said he has not personally discussed the issue with Attorney General William Barr.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on April 13 that Neal was "just picking arbitrary dates" in setting deadlines.

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Trump has broken with decades of precedent by not voluntarily releasing his returns to the public during the 2016 presidential election.

Durkan, however, said that while she is not concerned about more immigrants arriving in Seattle, she is anxious about the way the President is using a "law enforcement agency" as a weapon.

"They want to investigate how the IRS audits presidents, but some of the info they requested has nothing to do with that".

"Sanctuary city" is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place created to limit cooperation with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions. House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, questioned the legality of the proposal.

As a result, more than 125,000 people have been released as they await court hearings - a practice Mr Trump has derided as "catch and release". Neal also could seek the returns through a subpoena.

According to The Hill, Mnuchin plans to consult with the Justice Department to determine how the IRS is to handle the matter. But he also acknowledged his "statutory responsibilities" and that he respects congressional oversight.

He then suggested Trump didn't have a clue and accused the Trump campaign of "lying for dollars".

But on Saturday, he said the administration would respond by the revised deadline. Neal's request for the returns of a sitting president is unprecedented, and legal experts say its success or failure may depend on a court ruling about the committee's legislative goal for seeking the documents.



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